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Stickers - not the thorny plants

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Blog entry by rep posted 06-07-2010 08:07 PM 8242 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After I got started with the new sawmill and found lots of boards in a few logs, I realized that in order to store and dry the boards – I needed some of those skinny boards that go in between to let air circulate.

I looked around thru my scraps and such, but came up with only a few pieces to use. I had purchased a pallet of fence planks on clearance at lowes, but I don’t have a table saw up a running yet, so I was not sure how I could rip them down to size.

I considered cutting a log 3/4 the way lengthwise, then rotating 90 degrees and cutting again (1 inch passes) to make stickers, but then realized I could do something similar with the fence planks.

Once I placed the planks side by side and clamped them in, I could run the sawmill across them and take off a bunch of stickers with each pass:
Cutting planks

Got a nice pile of stickers and only used up 1/4 of my planks.
sticker pile

I did have a run in with the sawmill blade when it got knocked off by a shifting log.
scratches

The scratches are minor, but interesting. Anyone got a good tale I could use to explain the scratches (besides the saw blade falling on my arm)? Some mutant 6 clawed bobcat attack or something?

One other interesting thing happened over the weekend. As I was driving the tractor thru an area between trees, a night hawk flew up and started trying to distract me away from the area. Took a while, but I finally found a chick sitting on the ground. Those things are really well camouflaged. I am amazed that I did not run over the chick on one of my trips thru the area. Hmmm…they usually have 2 chicks at a time…hope I did not have a mishap with a sibling. Oh well, we will steer clear of the area for a couple weeks to give the chick some time to get to flight age.

-- rick



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Dennisgrosen

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#1 posted 06-07-2010 08:41 PM

good story and a neat little trick with the stickers
and for your arm , looks like you were atacked by one of the evil transformers
or the kungfu man that had a sixbladed knifesets instead of arms
or is it the little wildcat you call the beloved one…......LOL

take care
Dennis

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#2 posted 06-07-2010 08:45 PM

Interesting story Rick I’m sure you know, but others should know it’s best to use like material for stickers if you can.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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longgone

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#3 posted 06-07-2010 08:47 PM

Self mutilation…

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hObOmOnk

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#4 posted 06-07-2010 09:37 PM

In my neck of the woods, sycamore is the wood of choice for stickers.

-- 温故知新

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#5 posted 06-07-2010 10:14 PM

Stickers (in general) should be “seasoned” so as not to encourage sticker stain or shadow on the green lumber you’ll be piling on them. If you wanted to take it a step further you could make these into breeze dry stickers by routing channels on both sides lengthwise. Like the shape of a H to promote maximum air flow and keep spoilage from sticker shadow to a minimum.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#6 posted 06-08-2010 04:01 AM

Well now if you were in my neck of the woods you could claim that you got in a near clash with a Gator?

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 06-08-2010 11:38 AM

A cat that my wife use to have could easly do that. She’s was a mean one. I have to share a little story atout that. My girl friend now wife, was going to cone out for the first time. I was giving her directions out to my place. All of a sudden she had to hang up the phone. When her and the kids came out. I seen her daughter had a couple of bandaids on her forehead. She has a thing about picking up that cat and outting her close to her face. Well that time the cat didn’t like that and let it go on her, by bitting her on the forehead.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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MBHaysKS

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#8 posted 06-08-2010 02:35 PM

Eagle 1 – Sounds like a dead cat to me.

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